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    I went to a gunshow yesterday and after seeing ammo prices, my immediate dreams of a Colt AR were dashed. No use owning a semi-auto when I can't keep her adequately fed, IMHO. That being said, a buddy of mine has carved out on his 11 acres here in GA, a 325-350 yard "lane" to shoot on. We're talking a steel target to go with some paper-punching. I'm thinking of a nice 308 to enjoy some "longer" range shooting. It can double as a 'stand off' defensive rifle if the barrel isn't too heavy. You guys get the idea I think. Not looking to spend a fortune(I want a quality optic too), something strong so I can shoot 7.62 rounds if I come across them, heavy barrel etc. I like the Ruger American 'Predator' ...any thoughts on that? Other recommendations welcome..


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    Savage makes a nice rifle that won't cost you a fortune. Many models to choose from. Top it with a mid-grade Leopold and some good rings and I think you'll have a nice rifle.
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    Savage model 11 prairie dog IMO.
    Cabelas is running a sale on them right now $419.88

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    These Cabela's-exclusive Savage Arms Model 11 Prairie Dog Bolt-Action Rifles have an all-weather synthetic stock and 22" medium-taper, long-range, short-action matte-blued heavy barrel. Features the accuracy-enhancing, adjustable AccuTrigger™ that eliminates creep in the trigger pull. AccuRelease increases safety by requiring both triggers be engaged for firing. Four-round internal box magazine capacity. Drilled and tapped for scope mounting.
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    Remington sps tactical. 20" bull barrel. I have the 223 version and it's a shooter. I shoot out to 600 yards with it and a 308 would do even better.
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    There are a bazillion quality bolt action rifles on the market these days. It is the most saturated and competitive market out there. ALL of the makers bring a quality product to the market or else they are gone in just a few years.

    My advice to you is pick one that fits you and also fits your budget.

    A lesser known brands that is quite good is Howa. They come from the manufacturing line that made Weatherby rifles for decades and they also made Browning rifles for a spell. Now they make a very high quality rifle at a low price point.

    Howa 5 + 1 308 Winchester Varminter/20" Heavy Blued Barrel/H $563.00 SHIPS FREE

    My guess is that this rifle would do everything you want at a great price.
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    I think any rifle from a reputable manufacturer will do the job.

    I have a Remington SPS Tactical with a Weaver Grand Slam Mil-dot scope, and Harris bipod.

    It's a MOA shooter in its stock configuration, with Hornady 168 grain BTHP.

    I went with the Remington because of the plethora of aftermarket parts. But I'm sure you can make anything work.
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    I have a few Savage bolt guns that shot 1 inch groups out of the box with factory ammo. Good priced accurate rifles. I have a model 116 in 300winmag, 111 in 30-06 and a model 110 in 308win. Optics I have learned you get what you pay for. My 116 has a VXII Leoupold, and my other two have middle of the road priced Niikons the work very well in field conditions. I also have Ruger M77 MKII compact in 308win that I ended up having to do some smithing work to it just to get it to group. Match trigger, float the barrel which didn't help, then I added some glass bedding and then with some dremmel shaving my groups are finally dime size at a 100 meters.
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    Just going to jump in quick. I have heard horror stories about Remington lately, mostly in relation to their Marlin lever guns since they acquired the company. How are their recently manufactured bolt-guns doing? Just curious.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by old grunt View Post
    Just going to jump in quick. I have heard horror stories about Remington lately, mostly in relation to their Marlin lever guns since they acquired the company. How are their recently manufactured bolt-guns doing? Just curious.....


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    They just issued a massive recalls on 700's last year, due to trigger issues.

    If you are looking for the best deal, I would go with a Savage Axis 2. I got to shoot one in .243 recently, and was very impressed with the performance for the price. The weaver scope on it was okay, but as a <$400 package, it greatly exceeded my expectations.

    For a bit more money, I would look at the Savage model 11s.
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    I have a Rem. 770 in 30-06 topped with a 3x9 scope. Works well for me. Good luck. Be safe
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    For the money and what you get, I would say, a Savage CP 24'' heavy barrel in 308. Or Rem. SPS I think with a 26'' barrel. Both can do the 1,000 yards with much trouble. My Savage held 3 1/4'' group with a 155 grain bullet and my SON is able to shoot bowling pins at 1,000 yards with his Rem. SPS 308 with 155 grain A-max. I don't have any trouble with tuning my barrels for shooting long range. I'm just a old man playing, but my Son is young compared to me. [URL=http://s214.photobucket.com/user/Riverboat-01/media/155%20grain/12SteelPlate003_zps9309e385.jpg.html] He is now out shoot his old man and he lets me know about it.
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    It can double as a 'stand off' defensive rifle if the barrel isn't too heavy.
    Using a bolt action rifle against aggressors armed with semi autos will put you at a severe disadvantage.

    For slapping targets they are fine.
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    The Savage rifles with Accu-Triggers and Nikon scopes are an inexpensive entry level combination rifle/scope to see if you want to go further in longer range shooting. The Savages have good accuracy, but have a little more felt recoil than some other rifles to me.

    I have a matte stainless 18" Ruger Gunsite Scout in .308 with the stock open iron sights for shooting up to 200 yards or hunting. I have a 20" Armalite AR-10 7.62X51mm with a Burris XTR 4X-12X-50mm scope for up to 500 yards. I have a 23.62" (60 cm) CZ 550 American .308 with a set trigger and a Vortex Viper PST 6X-24X-50mm First Focal Plane scope for over 500 yards.

    My biggest issue is finding a place in Northwest Oregon to shoot over 300 yards. My club range goes to 200 yards and there is a Forest Service public shooting site that goes up to 300 yards near me. One private club about 45 miles away has a 1.000 yard range and another one about 40 miles away has said they are adding a 1.000 yard range, but you have to be members to shoot there. I have to travel over the mountains to Eastern Oregon to shoot longer range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SatCong View Post
    For the money and what you get, I would say, a Savage CP 24'' heavy barrel in 308. Or Rem. SPS I think with a 26'' barrel. Both can do the 1,000 yards with much trouble. My Savage held 3 1/4'' group with a 155 grain bullet and my SON is able to shoot bowling pins at 1,000 yards with his Rem. SPS 308 with 155 grain A-max. I don't have any trouble with tuning my barrels for shooting long range. I'm just a old man playing, but my Son is young compared to me. [URL=http://s214.photobucket.com/user/Riverboat-01/media/155%20grain/12SteelPlate003_zps9309e385.jpg.html] He is now out shoot his old man and he lets me know about it.
    I would like to add, that I don't load the bullets to the lands. The OAL is what's call for in the book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Using a bolt action rifle against aggressors armed with semi autos will put you at a severe disadvantage.
    True, but watching your friend's head explode from a man 300 to 1,000 yards away will make you think.
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